A Tree for Mr. Fish

Imprint. Jun. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250758712.
PreS-Gr 2–“Fish don’t belong in trees,” point out friends Bird and Cat, reasonably. But Mr. Fish has a solid explanation for his presence, and he is staying put; when Cat observes, “Fish can’t live out of water. They can’t breathe,” and Bird asks, “How are you even alive right now?” Mr. Fish simply obtains a “roly bowl” (“for the fish on the go”). Mr. Fish’s loudness and rudeness drive Bird and Cat away. But when he tries to host a party for other fish, it’s a flop. After some soul searching, Mr. Fish apologizes to Bird and Cat and asks for their help making the tree a pleasant and livable place for all. A deliberately static setting and flat perspectives encourage readers to notice changes from one page turn to the next, and there are many humorous touches from beginning to end (“fin”).
VERDICT Whimsical, quirky, and unpredictable enough to keep kids and adults alike on their toes, this is a winner for story times or one-on-one—an all-around charming addition to picture book collections.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing